How To Make Instagram Stories Highlight Icons + Free Checklist

How To Make Instagram Stories Highlight Icons + FREE CHECKLIST from StampinFool.com

Have you seen the new Instagram Story highlights?  If you have a business account on Instagram (you can switch over under your profile) you can add your favorite “My Story” posts to the favorites bar, which will stay posted at the top of your IG page.  I love that I can feature my favorite on the go moments or deals of the day.

Not sure what I am talking about? Here is a snapshot of mine.

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{{ PS- if you haven’t already, hit that follow button so you don’t miss a thing! }}

While you can choose your favorite snapshots, you can also take it up a notch by branding your IG page and using icons to separate your posts into categories.  How cool is that?!  And it is super easy.

I’m going to walk you through creating these icons and uploading them, for FREE, and I’ll finish up the post with a checklist of how to get them going.

STEP 1: CREATE A CANVA ACCOUNT

Canva is a great free tool for creating graphics for everything from Facebook covers to ads to post cards, business cards and banner ads that arhttp://(itunes.apple.com/au/app/canva-graphic-design-photo-editing/id897446215?mt=8e already pre-sized to fit.  It is free; but note there is a paid version and paid graphics. If you want to keep it free, just look for the images that have a little “FREE” banner on them.

I suggest connecting to your Facebook account. It’s easy to log in and you can easily upload images to Facebook that you have created for albums, albums sales, covers, profile photos, and sponsored ads.

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STEP 2: FIND THE IG STORIES TEMPLATE

On the left hand side, click the Template button, then in the search bar (top middle) type “Instagram Stories”. A ton of options will come up. Choose a free template and double click. It will open a design page with the template.

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STEP 3: DELETE EVERYTHING

Select the elements on the template and delete them (top left, trash can button). Delete all of them so that you are left with a blank white template.

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STEP 4: CHOOSE A BACKGROUND

On the left menu, choose Background. Scroll through and find a background you like or better yet, that coordinates with your brand.  My blog, StampinFool.com, is pink, gold and black themed. I choose a light pink with circles background to mimic my blog header.  I LOVE the marble background. You can add the background to your template by clicking on it.

STEP 5: CHOOSE ICONS

Back to the left hand menu: Elements. Here you will find icons to your hearts content. I started with Shapes and added a circle design. I then selected Icons and chose icons that represented what I want to feature.  You can resize and recolor the icons easily.  If you center the image (Canva gives you placement guides), it will show up in the Instagram Stories Highlight circle once you upload the image.

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STEP 6: DOWNLOAD

On the top bar you will want to first rename the document by clicking the current design title.  Now you need to get the cover graphics onto your phone. You can 1) Click Download and email the image to yourself, open email on phone and Save to each image to Camera Roll or 2) download the Canva App.

In Canva App (iPhone): This one is a little trickier, so if you are tech saavy keep reading, if not, revert to downloading and email to yourself. Your Designs > Open the document > Share- let it process > Save to Files. Under the Files App, Open the file by clicking on it, select the upload button (bottom left) and Save Image to your photo roll.

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Here’s what it looks like in the Canva App on iPhone once you have saved it to the Files App.

STEP 7: LOAD ‘EM UP TO INSTAGRAM

On your phone: Open Instagram. Go to your profile. Click New + on the Stories bar. Upload the LAST IMAGE FIRST. The images will appear in the order uploaded, being newest first. So, make sure you upload them in reverse order.  To add stories to the icon, select each icon and click the More elipses (bottom right) > Edit Highlight > Archive. Archive will be where you select the photos you want to appear under that category. Click back over to Highlighted before hitting done and make sure te cover photo is the icon. You can Edit Cover and reselect the icon if needed.

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You’re all set!  Now this post may seem a little wordy, but really uploading them to Instagram in the correct order is the most difficult part, and I already learned that by trial and error for you. So, read the directions, make those icons and let me know what you come up with.

Instagram Stories Highlight Icons FREE CHECKLIST

Download the PDF CHECKLIST HERE.

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I’d love to see what you made- comment below with your IG handle once you’ve uploaded your Instagram Stories Highlight Icons and I will check them out!

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DIY Father’s Day Gift: #FollowYourArt

Note: As always, I share what I love & this post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. I was compensated for this post.

DIY Paint and Peel Tape Father’s Day Gift

DIY Father's Day Gift canvas painting. Get creative with your family #followyourart #gymboree #sponsored

This week while I was browsing Facebook, I noticed Gymboree’s #FollowYourArt.  I immediately thought about how perfect it would be to share with you a quick and easy Father’s Day project as a way of showing you how our family gets creative.

Do you know why we love crafting?

  1. It gets my brain working
  2. It keeps my wild child entertained – he has soon much energy, I have to direct it somewhere!
  3. Stress reliever. I’m starting to think that it may not be cheaper than therapy when you add up all of the crafting I dabble in, but for the occasional DIYer it’s definitely cheaper than therapy ;)

On to the good stuff!!  Do you want a quick and easy DIY Father’s Day gift? I am always wracking my brain for Father’s Day gift ideas and this is one of my favorites.  You can repeat it year after year and it never gets old! (Trust me, the hubs has an entire wall in his office devoted to every father’s day card we’ve made and canvases we have painted).

Supplies:

  • Painter’s Tape or cuttable Vinyl
  • Scissors or Silhouette E-machine
  • Canvas
  • Paint brushes or foam brushes
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paper plates

DIY Father's Day Gift canvas painting. Get creative with your family #followyourart #gymboree #sponsored

Directions:

  1. Use Silhouette to cut vinyl to say #1 DAD. Apply to canvas.  OR use painter’s tape to tape #1 DAD to blank canvas.
  2. Put paint blobs on paper plate.
  3. Let wild child cover the entire canvas with whichever colors they choose. (I know, sometimes it pains me that all the colors run together and make brown, but you gotta let them do what they do).
  4. Slowly peel off tape or vinyl to reveal the #1 DAD on canvas.
  5. Tie a huge ribbon bow and gift to your kids’ favorite dad!

DIY Father's Day Gift canvas painting. Get creative with your family #followyourart #gymboree #sponsoredDIY Father's Day Gift canvas painting. Get creative with your family #followyourart #gymboree #sponsoredDIY Father's Day Gift canvas painting. Get creative with your family #followyourart #gymboree #sponsored

In a world full of people, let your kids be Superhero’s for their Dads. 

I want to see what you make!  Share your pics in the comments and make sure to tag your photos of how your family get’s creative on social media with #followyourart for a chance to win a $50 Gymboree gift card.

About Gymboree: for over 30 years, Gymboree has been dressing kids from newborn to 12 years old by offering colorful, clothing and accessories from sweaters to rompers to sock and hats. Whether for playtime or family photos, you’ll find fully coordinated outfits for all your little ones.

And as an added bonus for my crafty friends here, you can enjoy up to 60% off over at the Gymboree.  You can’t beat the deals!! SHOP NOW BEFORE YOU MISS IT!

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DIY Fall Wine Bottle Tag

DIY Fall Wine Bottle Tag from StampinFool.com, Sunflowers, Painted Harvest, Wine Tag

Fall DIY Love

Fall has arrived!  I am so glad that cooler days are among us. It’s almost Thanksgiving and that means wine; lots of wine.  My favorite hostess gift for all of our Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving festivities is a Trader Joe’s flower bunch and a nice bottle of red wine with a handmade wine bottle tag.  It says- thanks, you are special and worth the time to create a little something extra.

This DIY wine bottle tag is no exception. Its easy, but exceptional. The supplies are listed at the end of this post.  Below are the dimensions and directions.

Directions:

  1. Cut thick White card stock to 3″ x 7.5″.  Score at 3″ from top.  Fold score line.
  2. Punch 2″ circle in middle of small scored top section to make bottle neck hole.
  3. With scrap paper underneath, in the darkest color, Fresh Fig, ink and stamp 3-4 flowers making sure that parts of the sunflowers are extending off of the tag. Clean stamp and repeat in Berry Burst, clean and repeat in Crushed Curry ink.
  4. Using the flower center, stamp Crumb Cake interiors to each flower. Precision not required.
  5. Cut a piece of Berry Burst card stock to 1″ x 3″.  Stamp “the best wines” from Half Full stamp set in Versamark. Cover with Copper embossing powder, tap off excess and heat with tool until shiny. Let dry for 30 seconds.
  6. Cut 4″ Curry ribbon and scrunch and adhere to the back of 1″ Berry Burst embossed piece.  Adhere Berry Burst saying to the tag front with 4 dimensionals for added depth.
  7. Add a few faceted gold gems, hang around a bottle of your favorite red or white.
  8. Gift and enjoy!

DIY Fall Wine Bottle Tag from StampinFool.com, Sunflowers, Painted Harvest, Wine Tag

DIY Fall Wine Bottle Tag from StampinFool.com, Sunflowers, Painted Harvest, Wine Tag

Do you love it?  If you make a wine tag of your own, PLEASE PLEASE email me a picture! I love to see what you create with my DIY tutorials.

 

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DESIGNER SERIES PAPER SALE

Let’s admit it: we all just love gorgeous Designer Series Paper! By popular demand, we are bringing back an incredible offer on Designer Series Paper. You can buy three packages of select Designer Series Paper and get one FREE during October! This sale includes Designer Series Paper from both the annual and holiday catalogs. And we’re even including select Specialty and Designer Series Paper Stacks on sale! So take advantage of this excellent opportunity to sell lots and lots of pretty paper.

Details

  • Sale period: October 1–31, 2017
  • All order types qualify for this promotion.
  • There is no limit to how many times you can buy three packages of Designer Series Paper and get one free during this sale.
  • YOU can choose which three packages of Designer Series Paper they will order from the sale items and which package to receive for free.
  • Designer Series Paper purchased as part of a Starter Kit does not qualify for this sale.
  • Designer Series Paper ordered with Stampin’ Rewards does not qualify for this sale.

 

DIY Make It: Coffee Break Gift Card Holder

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Coffee Break Gift Card Holder Tutorial

How stinkin’ cute is this coffee cup gift card holder?!! Y’all know I love Starbuck, like really love it. I have stamping at Starbucks events, half of my Instagram feed is filled with photos of my Starbucks choice of the day, and if you lived in my house you would hear my husband ask me how much I spent at Starbucks this month every time we sit down to go over our budget.

Supply List

  • Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Garden Green
  • Ink: Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Early Espresso
  • Stamps: Coffee Break & Framelits Bundle, Brush Strokes background stamp
  • Paper Trimmer
  • TomBow & Tear Tape adhesive
  • Dimensions
  • Big Shot

Dimensions

Normally I would jump right into the directions, but with this card, I found it was easier to cut all of the pieces first, then start assembling them.  Make sure you follow the precise order, otherwise things won’t line up.

  • Card base: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Crumb Cake
  • Front Pocket: 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ Crumb Cake
  • Stripes & Straws: 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ Garden Green, Straws cut in half lengthwise
  • Gift Card Holder insert: 2 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ Whisper White
  • 1 Large Coffee cup
  • 2 whipped toppings- Stamp in Sahara Sand first, then die cut
  • 1 acetate round lid

Directions

  1. Cut all pieces described above.
  2. Stamp Brush Strokes in Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake card stock.
  3. Adhere two 1/4″ Garden Green stripes to the front pocket.  I lined up the bottom of the pocket with the grid paper and placed the stripes at the fourth from the bottom, skipped one, then added the other at the 6th from the bottom. This also made sure the pieces were straight.
  4. Score the White Pocket Insert at 1/4″ on the long edge & fold towards you so that it creates a lip.  (You can place a gift card here).
  5. Stamp sentiment in Garden Green on large Coffee Cup die cut piece.
  6. Stamp coffee beans on outer edges of card pocket with Early Espresso ink.
  7. Add tear tape or TomBow glue to three edges of the front pocket (leaving the top edge without adhesive) and adhere to the middle of the card base, towards the bottom.  Make sure the glue is right along the edge so that there is plenty of room for the insert. Set aside to dry.
  8. For the insert- run a thin line of glue on the back bottom of one whipped cream and adhere to top of insert, in the middle, with most of the whipped cream above the top of the insert.
  9. Adhere the straw (half of the skinny Garden Green strips mentioned above) to the insert, pointing slightly to the side with about 1″ above the top of the insert.
  10. Grab the large stamped cup and another whipped cream and adhere a thin line of glue to the front bottom of the whipped cream.  Place the middle top of the cup over the glue and press to seal. Let dry 30 seconds.
  11. Run a thin line of liquid glue over the middle top of the coffee cup (right under the whipped cream) and adhere the acetate rounded lid die cut.  Press firmly so that glue disperses (This will hide the glue  well once it dries).
  12. Place dry insert into the front pocket. Push down so that the whipped cream is peeking out as far as it can without the insert showing across the top.
  13. Put 4 dimensionals on the back of the finished coffee cup- NOT ON WHIPPED CREAM- only on the cup portion.
  14. Adhere the coffee cup to the front of the pocket making sure the whipped cream from the cup covers the whipped cream on the gift card insert.
  15. Ta-Da! You’re finished. Enjoy a coffee!

DIY Make It: Coffee Break Gift Card Holder from StampinFool.com

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DIY Make It: Coffee Break Gift Card Holder from StampinFool.com

DIY Make It: Coffee Break Gift Card Holder from StampinFool.com

 

PROMOTIONS

Promotion Details

  • Promotion dates: June 1–30
  • Party, Customer, and online orders all qualify for this promotion!
  • Starter Kit orders do not qualify for this promotion, however the extra Stampin’ Rewards can be used towards the purchase of the Starter Kit.
  • The qualifying amount must be reached prior to shipping and tax.

June 2017 Stampin Up Hostess Extras

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me HERE by email. I am expecting lots to join my team and also lots of orders to come through for this amazing new catalog – so I am here for you!
Thanks for all your support – I am truly appreciative.  I still get excited when I see an online order come through, a new team member join, or a new customer sign up for a class.  It is a blessing to share my favorite things with you and see the joy you share in these amazing crafting goodies!

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Must Have NEW 2017 Stampin’ Up! Products

MUST HAVES

Have you had a chance to browse through the new catalog yet?  [You can see it here].  I’ve made a list of my favorite things in the new catalog and I know they will be must haves on your list too!  So print out a copy of this Wishlist & start shopping!!

Get the Wishlist here!

Soft Sayings card kit (pg 10-11)

Soft Sayings Card Kit from Stampin Up!

Coffee Break DSP & Stamps with Framelit Bundle (30-1)

Coffee Break from Stampin Up!

At Home with You Bundle (54)

Fresh Florals with new In Color DSP Stack (95)

Ribbon of Courage (96)

Color Theory & Colorful Seasons Bundle (146-7)

Wood Textured 6×6 Paper Stack (159)

Floral Statements (163)

Crafting Forever (181)

Happy Birthday Thinlits (213, bottom row)

*BONUS* HOSTESS SET:  In The City (222)

PROMOTIONS

Promotion Details

  • Promotion dates: June 1–30
  • Party, Customer, and online orders all qualify for this promotion!
  • Starter Kit orders do not qualify for this promotion, however the extra Stampin’ Rewards can be used towards the purchase of the Starter Kit.
  • The qualifying amount must be reached prior to shipping and tax.

June 2017 Stampin Up Hostess Extras

PAPER PUMPKIN KITS

Don’t have time to plan a creative project? Paper Pumpkin has you covered. Get three months at 25% off if you sign up by June 10. Contact me for details.

EXCLUSIVE JUNE HOST CODE OFFER!June 2017 Hostess Code

GET CLEAR FACETED GEMS

GIFT & HOST CODE:  PLACE A PRODUCT ORDER OF $75 or more (before shipping and tax) thru ME in my on-line store in June, enter the host code JV2D7XE2 (see below) and you will earn the NEW Clear Faceted Gems (shown above) FREE.  This offer is available exclusively for orders placed through my online shop.   Your Gems will arrive in mid-July, separate from your order.

PLEASE REMEMBER!  If your order is $150 or more (before shipping and tax), you should NOT enter the code.  You will automatically qualify for Stampin’ (HOST) Rewards.

How to use the Stampin Up Hostess Code

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me HERE by email. I am expecting lots to join my team and also lots of orders to come through for this amazing new catalog – so I am here for you!
Thanks for all your support – I am truly appreciative.  I still get excited when I see an online order come through, a new team member join, or a new customer sign up for a class.  It is a blessing to share my favorite things with you and see the joy you share in these amazing crafting goodies!

SEE IT NOW! The NEW 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Crafting Catalog & Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  I get excited ever June when our New Annual Catalog comes out.  It is always fun to see the cover, look at the newest stamps and paper, and see hundreds of card samples that I can easily recreate.

Love crafting?  You’re going to fall in LOVE with this new Stampin’ Up! Catalog.  It truly is a guide book to crafting.  It has built in product lists, “how to” tidbits, and hundreds of card and gift samples you can make for yourself.  Don’t you need a copy?

See the Catalog

I have uploaded the catalog here so that you can see a side by side page view of the entire thing.  You can also view it below- make sure you click “full screen” so that you can see everything better.

 

PROMOTIONS

Promotion Details

  • Promotion dates: June 1–30
  • Party, Customer, and online orders all qualify for this promotion!
  • Starter Kit orders do not qualify for this promotion, however the extra Stampin’ Rewards can be used towards the purchase of the Starter Kit.
  • The qualifying amount must be reached prior to shipping and tax.

June 2017 Stampin Up Hostess Extras

PAPER PUMPKIN KITS

Don’t have time to plan a creative project? Paper Pumpkin has you covered. Get three months at 25% off if you sign up by June 10. Contact me for details.

EXCLUSIVE JUNE HOST CODE OFFER!June 2017 Hostess Code

GET CLEAR FACETED GEMS

GIFT & HOST CODE:  PLACE A PRODUCT ORDER OF $75 or more (before shipping and tax) thru ME in my on-line store in June, enter the host code JV2D7XE2 (see below) and you will earn the NEW Clear Faceted Gems (shown above) FREE.  This offer is available exclusively for orders placed through my online shop.   Your Gems will arrive in mid-July, separate from your order.

PLEASE REMEMBER!  If your order is $150 or more (before shipping and tax), you should NOT enter the code.  You will automatically qualify for Stampin’ (HOST) Rewards.

How to use the Stampin Up Hostess Code

 

2016-2017 Retiring Products Catalog Tour

2016-17 Stampin Up Retiring Product Catalog Tour

Every year for the past three years I have posted a video walking you through the catalog, so that you can highlight the retiring products.

That time of year has arrived. Here is the video.  Enjoy!!

As a reminder, you can order the retiring products here: SHOP!

2017 STAMPIN’ UP! SNEAK PEEK and RETIRING LIST!

It’s that time of year again!  The time when the Sneak Peek’s start showing up and the Retiring Products are released.

Do you love being the first to see new crafting products? I do!!
And I have a huge surprise for you today. This past weekend I attended the Stampin’ Up! ON STAGE 2017 Craft Convention, where I got a look at new stamps, ink, paper, and crafting supplies.
Let me tell you, THEY ARE AWESOME!!!
I took a ton of photos of the displays and I have shared them with you on the blog today. So head over and check them out.

Don’t forget to ORDER FROM THE RETIRING LIST TODAY! See the details at the bottom of this post.

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RETIRING:  The retiring product list is out and available TODAY!

GOING, GOING, GONE…
It’s here! The 2017 Retiring product list is here.
The IN COLORS are leaving us! They will sell out after April 10th, so stock up now.  Bye, bye MINT MACARON, you’ll be missed.
2015 In Colors RetiringIf you’ve ever tried to order from the retiring product list, you know how quickly things sell out.  Don’t be disappointed, place your order today!
See the PDF list here.
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LAST DAY TO ORDER
HAVE YOU HEARD?  Every month an all-inclusive kit arrives in my mailbox with everything ready to go for a fun project. Sign up today so you don’t miss the April kit, designed by Stampin’ Up! CEO Sara Douglass. It’s BOLD, BRIGHT & this month is CARDS!!

Top 5 to JOIN

Top 5 Reasons to Become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator

Love free stuff?

It’s the best time of year to join Stampin’ Up! During Sale-A-Bration, you can become a demonstrator for just $99 and choose TWO additional stamp sets for your Starter Kit—any stamp set, any price! (Excludes Sale-A-Bration sets and bundles.) Plus, the kit ships for free!

JOIN Stampin' Up! for FREE stamps

TOP 5

  1. Save 20% on all your craft supplies
  2. Make tons of new crafty friends
  3. Be the first to see & buy NEW products
  4. Share your love of crafting and stamping
  5. Support your habit

Join Stampin’ Up! During Sale-A-Bration and pick 2 FREE stamp sets of your choice with your Starter Kit—any stamp set, any price! Plus, the kit ships for free!
Deal ends March 31st, so get it NOW!
Get the details here: http://stampinfool.com/demonstrator-101/

 

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